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How to Pack a Perfect Lunch

For people between the ages of 5 and 23, going back to school is a standard — and sometimes unsettling — part of life. We’ve put together easy recipes and food tips to help make the entire experience way more appetizing.

If you do it right, a packed lunch can be more exciting and way more nutritious than anything you can buy at the neighborhood deli. Whether you’re packing lunch for kiddos or for yourself, here are things to keep in mind:

1) Make it visually appealing. Colorful foods are exciting, and an array of colors is also good for you (as long as you’re getting those pretty colors from strawberries and yellow peppers, not cheese puffs and Kool-Aid).

2) Keep it balanced. For a lunch to be satisfying and keep you going through the afternoon, it needs three main components: protein (such as tuna, peanut butter, tofu, roasted chicken, yogurt), whole grains (could be 100 percent whole-wheat bread, crackers or wraps, leftover cooked grains, baked tortilla chips) and fruits and/or vegetables (celery sticks and dip, grapes, apples). Protein and the fiber from the whole grains will fill you up and keep you satisfied. Most adults need about 5 cups of fruits and vegetables a day, meaning you should try to have some with every meal.

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Today’s Lunch Box: Test Your Knot-Tying Skills

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Brown Bag ChallengeWe’re teaming up with fellow food bloggers to host a Brown-Bag Challenge, a month-long initiative to eat consciously and save money by packing a lunch each weekday instead of eating out. Join us here and share what you’re eating with FN Healthy Eats on Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #brownbag. Are you up for the challenge?

No need for Earth-polluting plastic when you’ve got a furoshiki. Based on Japanese tradition, the double-sided fair trade fabric is twisted, knotted and folded into a chic bag available in a variety of bright patterns. You’re set for lunch on the go, in style. Find it here.

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Threadless-Designed Lunch Bag

Brown Bag ChallengeWe’re teaming up with fellow food bloggers to host a Brown-Bag Challenge, a month-long initiative to eat consciously and save money by packing a lunch each weekday instead of eating out. Join us here and share what you’re eating with FN Healthy Eats on Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #brownbag. Are you up for the challenge?

Thermos and Threadless, the community-generated clothing design company, collaborated for a line of lunchboxes we can’t stop looking at. Threadless designs come from an ongoing open-call for submissions from a worldwide community of amazing artists and designers.

Once submitted, the community of nearly one and a half million members vote to decide which designs become awesome products like these sustainable stainless steel hydration bottles and lunch kits. Lim Heng Swee, a Threadless member who designed this bag, says the following about his Juliet design, “When the day comes, I’ll fly, high, in search of my spring of inspiration.”  Find it here.

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Today’s Lunch Box: Smart Cookie

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Brown Bag ChallengeWe’re teaming up with fellow food bloggers to host a Brown-Bag Challenge, a month-long initiative to eat consciously and save money by packing a lunch each weekday instead of eating out. Join us here and share what you’re eating with FN Healthy Eats on Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #brownbag. Are you up for the challenge?

You’re one smart cookie for carrying a lunch sack like this one from Dabbawalla. It’s small enough to fit inside your work bag — or grab it by the easy-to-grip handle on top — yet large enough to keep your lunch and snacks intact. It houses an interior mesh pocket, plus another pocket for an ice pack. Find it here.

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Today’s Lunch Box: Sci-Fi Solar System

Brown Bag ChallengeWe’re teaming up with fellow food bloggers to host a Brown-Bag Challenge, a month-long initiative to eat consciously and save money by packing a lunch each weekday instead of eating out. Join us here and share what you’re eating with FN Healthy Eats on Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #brownbag. Are you up for the challenge?

Channel your inner-child with this solar system lunch box from Crocodile Creek. Extra padding keeps food from being squashed, while the bag’s sturdy build is free of any toxins. Find it here.

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Today’s Lunch Box: Kiwi Insulated Tote Bag

Brown Bag ChallengeWe’re teaming up with fellow food bloggers to host a Brown-Bag Challenge, a month-long initiative to eat consciously and save money by packing a lunch each weekday instead of eating out. Join us here and share what you’re eating with FN Healthy Eats on Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #brownbag. Are you up for the challenge?

Pack your lunch in this large, insulated tote from the Food Network Store and keep hunger at bay. It’s perfect for lunch, snacks, a drink and even dessert, with extra room to spare. Food stays hot or cold for up to three hours, while the bag’s material makes for easy washing. Find it here.

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Could You Pack Your Lunch Every Day for a Month?

Do you bring your lunch or buy it? Restaurant and take-out lunches can add up pretty quickly, and come with extra fat, salt and calories. Packing your own lunch and snacks can save some money and give you more control over what you’re eating.

That’s why Food Network’s Healthy Eats is challenging you to bring your lunch to work (or school) each workday for an entire month! The Brown-Bag Challenge starts today, and the goal is to eat a home-packed lunch every weekday in September. For some, that means thinking ahead and packing a frozen meal and for others, that means baking homemade bread for sandwiches. Whatever your level, we won’t judge, the important thing is to plan ahead so you have more control.

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